Estate Fruit Harvested for the First Time!


We harvested our estate Zinfandel vineyard for the first time a few days ago.  Unfortunately, the yield was a bit small this year.  As you can see above, these second leaf vines gave us only one beautifully ripe second crop cluster. I ended up tossing the grapes in with one of our Grenache fermentations as eighteen berries do not add up to much wine.


We dropped a large amount of unripe fruit so the vines could concentrate their energies on maturing the overall plant.

Looking forward to next year and am expecting around a half ton of grapes from our home vineyard.


Privileged to Help the Battle Buddy Foundation and Host Team Red, White, and Blue


We were fortunate to be able to help The Battle Buddy Foundation at their recent Scotch and Cigar event at the TPC Valencia in Santa Clarita.  We know it was Scotch-centric, but the Volatus wines were a perfect pair with the food and cigars.

If you are not familiar with The Battle Buddy Foundation, they are an organization dedicated to providing dogs to service disabled combat veterans.  I have been involved with Battle Buddy for over two years now and am very impressed with everyone and, most importantly, the impact they have on veterans' lives.  Please take a look at their website and get involved if you can. 

As a bonus, look for a fun and delicious Volatus and Battle Buddy project in the spring of 2018.


We also had a great time with representatives from Team Red, White, and Blue. John and Garrett, pictured above, were running and assisting with the recent Old Glory Relay.

It was a tremendous pleasure to meet them and I encourage everyone to get involved with a local Team Red, White, and Blue group.